Essentially a conservation film (re: wildlife and erosion), the reel also goes on to promote the fur and sporting (hunting/fishing) industries. Opens with description of frontier as "shrouded in mystery." Tons of good shots of: grizzly bears ("monarchs of the wild"), bald eagle ("mighty individual"), deer, antelope, buffalo, birds flying in formation, and a snake in a tree. Also good shot of hands writing a letter. Moves into the way in which men expanded westward and contributed to erosion and extinction through bad land practices (overgrazing). Shows how free land for homesteaders increased the damage. Ultimately, the film says, man paid for misuse of land with human suffering. Good shots: newspaper presses. Film discusses way in which actions are being taken to improve the treatment of the land (a program for soil and wildlife). Good shots: mosquito and other insects close-up and larvae, hawks, birds feeding chicks in nest. A discussion of fur industry. Lots of before (mink / beaver) and after (coats / muffs) shots. Hunting and fishing also promoted here. Good shots of hunting dogs and fox hunts. Narrator explains the "return" of wild-life to natural habitat with the help of special programs. Good shots of various bird species. Also, a predator bird catches and eats a rabbit. Finally, narrator reminds us to "guard our heritage" so that we may "pass on a better world to our children."
Photography by Rod Radford, William R. McCarthy, Carl F. Turvey, Reed N. Haythorne, and Joe Davis. Musical score arranged by Edward Craig. Subject matter by William R. Van Dersal. Directed by Maurice Joyce. Print transferred for IA online collection has different credits: sponsored by Minneapolis-Moline, Inc.; produced by Martin Bovey Films; directed by Bon D. Grussing; narrated by John Cannon.
July 11, 2018 Subject:
To Conserve Our Heritage is a bit of a fun film where they talk about the many different forms of pollution and the ways some people are dealing with it. This is told my an offscreen narrator, who at the very beginning of this film, says how he and his son (of course named Billy are so glad to live to live the USA because its country where youre allowed freedom to do anything, think how you want, go where you want etc. After that brief anti-commie jaunt, the film then goes into its anti-pollution diatribe, talking about the rivers, trees and what-have-you. This is all spectacularily presented in splendid color, and its very well argued.